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China: No exception for Google

A CHINESE government official said yesterday that Google was "no exception" in observing China's laws.

"Foreign companies in China should respect the laws and regulations, respect the public interest of Chinese people and China's culture and customs and shoulder due social responsibilities," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu at a regular press briefing in Beijing.

"There is no exception for Google," said Ma.

Ma's remarks came a week after Google said it might quit China, citing disagreements with government policies and unidentified attacks targeting Google's services in China.

Ma said China's Internet was open and managed in accordance with the law.

China had the most Internet users in the world, and it "encourages the use and development of the Internet," said Ma.

He said China would continue to create a favorable investment environment for foreign companies, including Internet firms, and to protect their legitimate rights.

"China welcomes international investors conducting business within the country according to the law," said Ma.

Asked about hacker attacks, Ma said China itself was the victim of cyber attacks.

"China's Internet is seriously threatened by cyber attacks like other countries," he said.

According to the Internet Society of China, the number of cyber attacks from abroad saw a year-on-year increase of 148 percent in 2008.

The Website of China's largest search engine,, was temporarily paralyzed on January 12 in the worst attack since it was established in 2000.

China firmly opposed and prohibited hacker attacks, Ma said.

Also yesterday, Google China posted an entry on its own Chinese-language blog,, saying its employees were currently working "as usual" in their Beijing offices.


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